Cylinder Seal


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Artifact Identification Cylinder Seal   (1900.53.0057A)
Communication Artifacts : Personal Symbols : Personal Identification
Artist/Maker None
Geographic Location Asia, West, Cyprus
Period/Date Between Group II & III
Culture Cyprus Between Groups II & III

Physical Analysis

Dimension 1 (Length) 2.85 cm
Dimension 2 (Diameter) 1.10 cm
Dimension 3 (N/A) N/A
Weight 10.27 g
Measuring Remarks None
Materials Stone--Hematite
Manufacturing Processes Carved, Incising, Drilling
Munsell Color Information Dark Gray (N3.5) -ns

Research Remarks

Published Description

Rogers: A haematite seal containing five human figures. Perhaps it should be assigned to the Sun God or God of Light. For a large Candleabra giving off light rays is an important symbol on the Seal. No two of the figures are similar in character or in dress. One turbaned figure we may assume to be a god or goddess. The heads of the other figures are adorned with three feathers. Porada: A short clad double headed deity with a staff(?); A double-headed winged(?) figure holding(?) an antelope head-down; A winged deity holding(?) the latter antelope on one side, and the horns of an antelope head on the other; A winged(?) deity, face to face with the latter, holding(?) the horns of the antelope head on one side and an antelope head-down on the other; A winged figure holding(?) the latter antelope on one side, and a snake (?) on the other. In the field: A large hand (above the antelope horns), and a small cross (sign of Cypriot script).

Description N/A
Comparanda N/A

Porada, Edith. "Concordance of Seals in the Oriental Museum, UIUC." Unpublished ms., ca. 1950. Rogers, Frances. Babylonian Seal Cylinders as a Historical Source, UIUC Master's Thesis, 1929.

Artifact History

Archaeological Data N/A
Credit Line/Dedication N/A
Reproduction no
Reproduction Information N/A

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